Canada buy and sell 2 month road trip - advice needed!

Hey vanlifers!
We, (Caitlin and Lois from London, UK 18 and 19 years old) are planning a trip to and through Canada from May to July next year hopefully travelling from Montreal to Vancouver via the gorgeous Canadian countryside (unless people think it’s easier to do it the other way round). We are new drivers and realise the insurance will be extortionate but are just putting out some feelers.

We would like to buy the van at the start and resell it at the end and have a total budget for our trip of about £8000 which is nearly 14000 Canadian dollars.

Does anyone have any tips/tricks/advice/warnings for our trip or just a general introduction to how van life works, what it entails etc; It would be really appreciated!

We’re both really experienced in hiking and Camping, I speak French and we are both generally very independent if that gives you a sense of our ability to do a trip like this.

Thanks in advance for all your help,


Here in the US the biggest obstacle could be getting a purchased van registered and insured due to no local address and driver’s license, but that might not be the case in Canada - something to look into before departure.

A used minivan in decent shape with the seats removed and a mattress thrown in the back might be your best bet. Anything more and it might bust your budget. Things always cost more than people think.

Good luck, and I hope you enjoy your trip.